World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF ITALY: What Price Success?

Back home in the U.S., in Britain, barbed doubts arose over the Italian campaign. Was the Allied enterprise worth the cost? Had Allied strategy failed? Was it, as a carping British M.P. had said, "like an old man approaching a young bride: fascinated, sluggish, apprehensive?"

Up at the muddy mountain front, General Dwight Eisenhower himself played the part of apologist for the campaign which he was soon to leave for a bigger one. Flanked by the Fifth Army's Mark Clark and other high officers, the well-spoken man who was still Mediterranean commander...

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